When it was announced just over a month ago that Jurassic Park 4 had a release date of June 13th 2014, fans were over joyed at the news. And even though a director has yet to be named, there was good news in the fact that regular producer of the Jurassic Park series, Kathleen Kennedy, was expected to return.
Kennedy had been at the forefront of all the Jurassic Park 4 talk, and during the very early stages of the fourth film finally coming together, she said: “A great script is what it’s gonna take to get a fourth Jurassic Park. We have a very high bar for ourselves because we’re just like the audience, we don’t want to make the movie if there’s not a reason to make the movie, so we’ve kinda created the dilemma ourselves because it was never intended to be a franchise, so there’s an argument to be made…that why are you making a fourth Jurassic Park – so we gotta find a good reason for why we’re making a fourth Jurassic Park, and we’re in the midst of working on that right now”
Kennedy has produced all the previous three Jurassic Park films, and has worked with Jurassic Park creator Steven Spielberg almost his entire career. She has also been a long time collaborator with producer and husband Frank Marshall, who is producing the fourth Jurassic Park film with Steven Spielberg. It was Marshall who dropped the bombshell that Kennedy would be trading the fourth Jurassic Park film to put all her efforts into Star Wars: Episode VII. It is not surprising too since Kennedy is co-chairman of LucasFilm.
A fan on Twitter asked Marshall the question, and here is how the conversation went:
Jack De La Mare: Hello, will Kathleen Kennedy also produce Jurassic Park 4? Thanks!
Frank Marshall: No, Ms. Kennedy has moved onto Star Wars and will not be producing JP4. She’s traded raptors for TIE fighters.
So there you have it, no Kennedy on Jurassic Park 4.